Space, cyber space and underwater area will be new domains of war fighting, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander said on Tuesday.
Delivering the 27th Intelligence Bureau centenary endowment lecture, Chander said security challenges are going beyond traditional domains of land, sea and air and new forms of conflict and war are emerging.
“Underwater area is emerging to be a new area of conflict because of resource control, unmanned warfare will change the way the wars are fought and the way the security challenges are going to be handled,” said Chander.
He added that the space which has become a dominant force in people's day-to-day life, cyber space which is governing every activity has proved to be a boon and threat simultaneously. He underlined the importance of safeguarding its space assets which are vulnerable to electronic warfare like jamming, laser attacks and killer microsatellites.
“Our space assets are to the tune of $26 billion but it is not the value of assets, but the value of economy they are supporting which runs into hundreds of billion dollars through navigation, communication, mass media, all are dependent on satellites. Our ability to predict cyclones, weather, crops, all are dependent on space. All these technologies though offering benefits, are not spared from adversary threats,” said Chander.
In his inaugural address, Intelligence Bureau chief Syed Asif Ibrahim said effective use of technology in probes will also negate the allegation of partiality of police forces as the probe would be without bias and deliver effective service. He added that enemy is faceless and challenge is to develop technology that will help security forces.